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Rutgers Master Gardener Program

Rutgers Master Gardeners are unique group of volunteers trained in horticulture by Rutgers Cooperative Extension personnel to provide outreach programs to home gardeners in their community.

What do we do? These volunteers learn about horticulture, provide community and university services, and enjoy the company of other like-minded volunteers. Where do we work? Through opportunities in and through the Somerset County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the existing Master Gardener program, newly trained volunteers return 100 hours within 18 months of completing their training to becomeCertified Rutgers Master Gardeners. To remain certified and active in the program, volunteers return 25 hours annually while also attending 10 hours of continuing education each year. Community service includes such areas as the Garden Helpline, Children's Programs, Speaker's Bureau, Horticultural Therapy, Public Outreach Events, and many others. University service includes volunteering in agriculture and horticulture research at various university-held properties.

WE WANT YOU! Want to be a Master Gardener? Print and return the application, pre-test and volunteer agreement (found to the right of this webpage). Applications due by June 2, 2017 - 2017/2018 PROGRAM IS CLOSED. If you would like to be put on the standby list, please call the main office at 908-526-6644.

Ever Wonder What it Takes to Be a

Rutgers Master Gardener? Now You Can See! 

We have made some of our classes open to the public!

When:  Tuesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Where: 310 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater

Cost: $20, Preregistration is required.  Call 908-526-6293, press 4 or email:


9/29: Plant Propagation

10/03: Soils & Soil Management

10/10: Pruning

10/17: Small Fruits

10/24: Managing Pests in the Landscape

10/31: Pests & Pesticide Safety

11/14: Wild Life in the Landscape

11/28: Tree Care in the Urban Landscape

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Contact the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County Helpline:

  • Phone icon.908-526-6293, ext. 3 (March - October, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 12 Noon.
  • Email: (Year-Round). In case we need to reach you for further information, please include your phone number within your email message.

Cooperative Extension of Somerset County